We’re excited to share our interview with Dave, founder of Dave’s Travel Corner. Over the past 19+ years, his core focus has been promoting experiential travel; his readers are actively interested in a wide range of travel & lifestyle experiences across a variety of budgets. With a strong background in Napa wine and a love for creativity, culture & cuisine – when not traveling, Dave spends much of his time in either Los Angeles or Napa Valley.
Tell us a bit about yourself! Why do you love travel? How do you think travel unites us or teaches us more about the world?
I’ve been addicted to travel since I was first exposed to International travel – my early trips to Costa Rica, Canada and Nepal gave me the travel bug. I travel to broaden my perspective, to prove to myself that many places in the world considered to be ‘dangerous’ are anything but dangerous and to sample foods, try different experiences and to be exposed to a different way of life then I am used to in my home country.
Can you tell us something about the culture in your country and why did you decided to stay there?
What surprising aspect of culture do you love about your country (or your specific town/city) that travelers may not be aware of?
I love the diversity represented in some of the cities in my home state of California specifically in Los Angeles. I like the fact that you can choose Chinese for breakfast, Ethiopian for lunch, and Greek for dinner! And in a number of cases, Los Angeles is the home to the largest populations of people outside of their home countries. With this comes beliefs, traditions, religions and foods – and one does not have to travel far to experience some of this.
Which dish do you feel best represents where you’re specifically from? Share a picture and tell us why you love it!
Not necessarily a dish but rather wine – as there is no dish I know of specific to where I live. But our region, Napa Valley is world famous for its wines.
Growing up in your country, what’s something that you believe makes it unlike anywhere else in the world?
The geographical size combined with the diversity of people who have moved here from around the world.
Art and dance can tell a deeper story about local culture. Tell us the story of a specific artwork or dance that has a meaning for you. Share a photo, if you can. (It can be
anything from street art to a festival to a painting to architecture to woven art work, to woodworking, a family heirloom, etc.)
I enjoy paintings of beautiful mountain scenery. It immediatley connects me to my time climbing mountains, trekking or simply camping. Paintings such as these evoke emotional reactions and memories of fun times I have enjoyed in the mountains.
What local spot in your city/town do you love most? Why is it personally important to you?
I enjoy the hillsides above the Napa Valley in California. Parts of the terrain remind me of the equivalent elevation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California. I love the quiet, the breeze through the pine or fir trees, the views, and the feeling of being remote despite in reality not being to far from a variety of urban locations.
Have you ever met a stranger during your travels who made an impact on your life in a certain way, or maybe it was you who helped someone else? Share the story!
I took a trip to Nepal through my university a number of years ago. We were all strangers until this trip – through a variety of overcoming hardships in one of the most spectacular parts of the world – I made a number of friends from that particular trip who I am still in contact with. One convinced me to help him build a solar car in college and later was the minister at my wedding.
Unfortunately, stereotypes exist in the world. What are some common misconceptions you’ve heard about your country? What is considered disrespectful in your culture that visitors should be aware of?
Everyone looks like the models that appear on TV and in movies. That it is a dangerous country to visit because of all the shootings that have occurred, and have been covered by media around the world.